Pulpit Rock (Isle of Portland)
Pulpit Rock is a coastal feature at the southern tip of the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. The artificial stack of rock was left in the 1870s after a natural arch was cut away by quarrymen at the Bill Quarry on the famous headland, Portland Bill. It was intentionally left in place as a quarrying relic. It is similar to the quarrying relic landmark stack Nicodemus Knob, located close to Portland's East Weares area, at East Cliff.
The rock has remained a popular tourist attraction on the island, and is often photographed and climbed. Despite the danger, for many decades Pulpit Rock has been a popular place for tombstoning. Pulpit Rock is also a local popular point for Wrasse anglers, and in 1998 the British record Ballan Wrasse was caught here by local expert Pete Hegg.
The exposed rock surface that surrounds Pulpit Rock is known as Snail Shore. The surface contains millions of snail, oyster and mollusc shells that was once a Jurassic seabed thriving with marine life around 150 million years ago.
The geological succession up from sea level is: Portland Cherty Series (up to the level of the neighbouring quarried platform), then Portland Freestone (the oolitic limestone quarried inland of Pulpit Rock), then a cap of thin-bedded limestones which are part of the basal Purbeck Formation.
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